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September 26, 2009 8:38 PM   Subscribe

Presenting Kurt Wenner, master of street painting.
posted by Chocolate Pickle (17 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Every time I see these, I also want to see the scene from a "wrong" angle. Have you got a third link for that?
posted by yhbc at 8:46 PM on September 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wenner may be an even greater artist than Thomas Kinkade.
(snarkfilter)
posted by squalor at 9:01 PM on September 26, 2009


Every time I see these, I also want to see the scene from a "wrong" angle. Have you got a third link for that?

Not for Wenner, but Julian Beever has wrong side views of some of his stuff, like this for this one and this for this one.
posted by dead cousin ted at 9:42 PM on September 26, 2009 [2 favorites]


And yes, I do find it funny that these two guys names are Wenner and Beever.
posted by dead cousin ted at 9:44 PM on September 26, 2009


I don't necessarily agree with all the talk about him being past his prime, but he definitely needs to get more comfortable in the pocket and find a way to get the ball to Fitzgerald.
posted by total warfare frown at 9:46 PM on September 26, 2009 [2 favorites]


Kind of a double, but still nice.
posted by rokusan at 10:02 PM on September 26, 2009


Wenner may be an even greater artist than Thomas Kinkade.
(snarkfilter)


Looking at Wenner's
fine art gallery
and
drawing gallery,
I'd say that's unfair. It may not be a shark in a tank of formaldehyde, but I like it. It's depressing how devalued formal representational art is these days.
posted by sebastienbailard at 10:03 PM on September 26, 2009 [5 favorites]


Wenner may be an even greater artist than Thomas Kinkade.

Back in the early; 90's I was responsible for organizing shows at a Santa Monica gallery, and we had a show with him. We were a fine art gallery. We would never consider showing Thomas Kinkade. During that time I had a chance to meet with KW quite frequently. The guy is a very sophisticated artist with a pretty deep knowledge of classical art. I don't think this snark is either clever or accurate.
posted by VikingSword at 12:06 AM on September 27, 2009


I'd say comparing Wenner to Thomas Kincade is a pretty big slap in the face and totally baseless.
posted by dead cousin ted at 1:28 AM on September 27, 2009


Rokusan, getting 404 on your double link-- where does it go? I love these things.
posted by nax at 5:36 AM on September 27, 2009


As an artist who makes a living doing something else, all I have to say about Thomas Kincade, is-- can I get that gig?
posted by nax at 5:38 AM on September 27, 2009


Metafilter: it may not be a shark in a tank of formaldehyde, but I like it.
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 6:21 AM on September 27, 2009


I'd say comparing Wenner to Thomas Kincade is a pretty big slap in the face and totally baseless.

I don't see Wenner doing anything of more merit than Thomas Kincade. The pavement drawings are a fun gimmick but his "fine art" works are poorly executed pastiche of no artistic merit that belong on the walls of the Jesus Juice cellar in Neverland Ranch.

Utter crap in short, shiny Las Vegas casino ceiling approximations of Renaissance art, but I'm sure he's making a mint and, hey, it's representational so it must be good and it must be defended, despite the anatomical flaws and crappy execution.
posted by fire&wings at 6:41 AM on September 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


Street painting is kinda like AutoTune… it was cool at first, but it's played out.
posted by mpls2 at 9:05 AM on September 27, 2009


I remember the one at Waterloo station. He had a big lens set up at the correct viewing point, which I sort of felt detracted a bit - what, I have to look through a lens as well?
posted by Phanx at 9:40 AM on September 27, 2009


Street painting is kinda like AutoTune… it was cool at first, but it's played out.

Yeah, after 400-500 years of an art form, it just starts to get tired.
posted by hippybear at 10:23 AM on September 27, 2009


Why do the photos in the "street painting" link look like they were all taken with some minor fisheye distortion or something? I thought maybe it was just because all of the people were standing around in a circle, but I looked a little harder and it looks like all of the roofs are curved and the walls bent. It seems that would distroy any realism from perspective.
posted by rubah at 6:11 PM on September 27, 2009


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